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Nokia captures Ramadan on phone

Mobile telecommunications company, Nokia, has announce the launch of new regional applications to coincide with the Holy Month of Ramadan.

According to the Communications Manager at Nokia Nigeria, Ms Ngozi Ife Anene, as part of an ongoing commitment to provide users with useful and up to date applications, a selected range of Nokia devices will come installed with various applications, to continue from the already successful lines available in Nigeria.

She noted that among the devices preloaded with a selection of the new applications that have been launched are Nokia N73 special edition, Nokia 6300, and Nokia 3110 Classic.

Some of the selectable applications available in the Nokia devices including “Azkar, Ramadaniat, Ramadan Greetings, Hajj and Umrah, Islamic Organizer, Universal Dictionary and Ramadan Themes.”

In addition, she pointed out that the N73 special edition comes with three e-books, names of Allah and additional Ramadan content.

Senior Vice President, Customer and Market Operations Nokia Middle East and Africa, Mr. Timo Toikkanen, said that the telco enjoys the challenge of developing and producing solutions that are beneficial for the every day life of customers, wherever they may be.

“The Ramadan applications have been especially designed to aid prayer and worship throughout the Holy-month for this year and in the future, with options like the Azkar and Ramadaniat full of useful information and advice to users. The Islamic applications are especially useful for those people who lead busy lives and look to technology to help them organize their time, as they are a comprehensive platform that covers all aspects of the holy season - from daily prayers, rules on fasting and Zakat, and even Ramadan SMS greetings,” he said.

The Azkar application provides a valuable collection of Azkar for the morning and evening. Users can navigate the application in a choice of different languages including Arabic, English, French, Farsi, and Urdu.

In addition, users can send Azkar via SMS to family and friends. The Tasbeeh counter, which can be used in place of physical prayer beads can calculate and log the number of prayers said.

Ramadaniat consists of a large collection of useful information including the rules of fasting, Zakah Al-Fitr, the benefits of Laylat Al-Qadr and the I’tekaf in Ramadan. Included in the application are a number of images that relate to different elements and teachings of the Holy season, which can also be sent via Short Messaging Service (SMS).

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